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Wells Root



A former print journalist, American screenwriter Wells Root was active in Hollywood from 1928 to 1966. Root scripted or co-scripted such fast-paced melodramas as Tiger Shark (1932), I Cover the Waterfront (1933), and The Prisoner of Zenda (1937). He was busiest at MGM, where among other projects he worked on the 1942 Andrew Johnson biopic Tennessee Johnson. His later credits include Magnificent Obsession (1956) and Texas Across the River (1966), both for Universal. On two occasions, Root tried his hand at directing: Republic's The Bold Caballero (1936) and MGM's Mokey (1966). After his retirement from films, Wells Root taught writing classes at U.C.L.A., and in 1980 authored an instructional book, Writing the Script: A Practical Guide to Films and Television.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Texas Across the River
  • Screenwriter
1966
No Score Yet Hell Ship Mutiny
  • Screenwriter
1957
90% Magnificent Obsession
  • Screenwriter
1954
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Screenwriter
1952
No Score Yet Stronghold
  • Screenwriter
1952
No Score Yet The Man From Down Under
  • Screenwriter
1943
No Score Yet The Getaway (The Get-Away)
  • Screenwriter
1941
No Score Yet Man of Conquest
  • Screenwriter
1939
No Score Yet Sergeant Madden
  • Screenwriter
1939
100% The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Screenwriter
1937
No Score Yet The Bold Caballero
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1936
No Score Yet Paris Interlude
  • Screenwriter
1934
No Score Yet Black Moon
  • Screenwriter
1934
No Score Yet I Cover the Waterfront
  • Screenwriter
1933
No Score Yet Bird of Paradise
  • Screenwriter
1932
No Score Yet Politics
  • Screenwriter
1931

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